The Box Hill development news wrap

After consecutive years of towers upon towers coming to the fore, Box Hill is in a planning lull.

Although the development scene is still exceptionally strong, the dearth of major applications at planning is allowing the suburb to absorb current stock. At this stage 837 Whitehorse Road is the major project under assessment; it is looking to add apartments and a hotel component on what is now a Bridgestone dealership.

In terms of major projects at sales, Panorama and Central East are the developments of note, although CBD Development Group have signage up across 851 Whitehorse Road. The developer settled the permitted site late last year and now has the right to develop near on 500 apartments and a hotel.

Plus Achitecture's Box Hill giant

Epworth HealthCare, Box Hill Institute and the Salvation Army's plans for an integrated Box Hill Health and Education Precinct are progressing.

In line with Epworth's approved expansion coming to fruition, the tripartite agreement also includes Box Hill Institute creating "a state-of–the-art nurse training facility to supply the hospital’s nursing requirements. It will also allow for a significant upgrade to Box Hill Institute’s music, fashion and arts facilities and see the Salvation Army move to a new purpose-built facility on Whitehorse Road."

As part of the plans, a new residential tower reaching 29 levels is likely to be delivered above the nurse training centre. It's expected that as many as 1,568 residents, workers and students will be added via the development.

Epworth's intended Box hill expansion

757 Station Street has bucked the apartment trend with builder Xerri Group placing its signage on the long-vacant site. Expected is a basement plus four level childcare complex which replaces a scheme of 39 apartments for the corner 1,386 square metre landholding.

999 Whitehorse Road has begun construction after a highly successful sales campaign which accounted for all 100 plus apartments within the Hayball-designed apartment building.

A mix of one and two bedroom apartments, 999 Whitehorse Road is a follow-up project by the same developer and architect which oversaw the delivery 8 Wellington Road last year, which accommodates 82 residential apartments over 8 levels.

Chloe's progress on Irving Street

Irving Avenue's position over Box Hill Gardens continues to see developers eyeing off remaining lots that have not yet gone the way of high density. Post a number of recent apartment project completions and the pending completion of Chloe, further developments are in the pipeline.

21 Irving Avenue is at planning, seeking a fourteen-storey mix-use tower development. Orbit Architecture are showcasing a project at 11-13 Irving Avenue dubbed Valise, which "seeks to provide 86 apartments of a varied mix of typologies (2 bedroom, 3 bedroom and 4 bedroom over 10 storeys) with an emphasis on high-quality architectural design that is a sensitive inclusion within in its evolving precinct.

Additional street front activation is proposed through the medical suites to Bruce Street linking up with the food and drink on Irving Avenue fronting Box Hill Gardens." 

11-13 Irving Avenue spans 1,476 square metres and was successful sold by agents Buxton late last year.

Orbit Architecture's take on a new 11-13 Irving Avenue

On the flipside, an Orbit Architecture-designed application for a hotel on the corner of Irving Avenue and Station Street was rejected by Whitehorse late last year. At 11 levels it was to have included 76 guest suites and ancillary facilities.

Development & Planning

Tuesday, March 20, 2018 - 10:00
The Minister for Consumer Affairs Marlene Kairouz and the local member for Williamstown Wade Noonan opened a new development designed specifically for women and children escaping family violence.

Policy, Culture & Opinion

Sunday, March 11, 2018 - 13:00
The Victorian Government has announced it will ban the use of aluminium cladding panels that have a polyethylene core of more than 30% and expanded polystyrene will also be banned on buildings with 3 or more levels. The changes were announced by the Planning Minister, Richard Wynne, on Saturday morning along with new guidelines for building surveyors.

Visual Melbourne

Monday, February 5, 2018 - 12:00
The various spaces and elements which combine to form RMIT's New Academic Street (NAS) have progressively begun to open to students and visitors alike. I was recently fortunate enough to be part of an informal group tour through the completed spaces within NAS, led by Harrison and White which had a hand in the project.

Transport & Design

Monday, March 19, 2018 - 12:00
Works on the new purpose-built Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (ANMF) headquarters were completed late last year. Now occupied, the 10-storey mixed-use complex at 535 Elizabeth Street was built by Multiplex and accommodates the organisation’s 165 staff within the 16,820 square metre building.

Sustainability & Environment